Play-off aspirations suffer another setback.

Last updated : 19 January 2003 By Dave Burgess

A disappointing 1-1 draw leaves Wolves once again sitting just outside the play-off positions.

A game that lacked quality from start to finish leaves Wolves pondering just why they are so inconsistent.

When the goal came, it was well executed. A precision left-wing cross from Kennedy was looped over Davies by Miller who had run across the defence to get to the near post.

However, the equaliser coming so quickly into the start of the second half seemed to jolt Wolves, as the visitors had created very little, and the game petered out.

Once again we saw that some of the players ‘disappear’ when character was required. Cameron and Kennedy noticably faded in the second half. Miller, for all his running, is offside far too often and Ince and Newton held their own.

Looking to the bench there were few alternatives to see who could unlock the Wimbledon defence. Cooper made little impact and Proudlock warmed up, sat down, warmed up again, took his tracksuit off then sat down again before Jones gave him 5 minutes to do something.

As with the Bradford game, it seems that when the opposition do something that’s not in the script, i.e. score, too many Wolves players resign themselves to the result.

The only good thing to happen was that none of the other 10 or so play-off contenders made much impact either. With Leicester and Portsmouth just starting to show signs of being human there is the chance for a team on a good run, Sheffield United, to close the gap for possibly an automatic place.

However, when asked by the Observer newspaper if we were going to finish in the play-offs I had to admit, that on performances like this, we won’t be there. That wasn’t the performance of a top six team.

All we can hope for is a swift return for Nathan Blake and the players to realise where they are letting themselves down.

Let’s see what the F.A. cup will bring next Saturday.

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